Chilli Garlic & Lemon Spaghetti

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A few years ago, I went out with my colleagues for a meal after work. We all decided on an Italian restaurant that had just opened. We made ourselves comfortable and it was time to order the starters.

A dear colleague of mine, Francesco was speaking to the waiter in Italian and requested a dish that was not on the menu. I was intrigued and when all our starters arrived he got a steaming shallow dish of Spaghetti Aioli/ spaghetti “aglio olio”!

It looked so good and I wish at the time he had ordered I would have gone for the same. Though not on the menu he said that if you request it at restaurants they will most always accommodate as it is very much a loved dish in Italy!

In the next few days l, I just had to recreate this adorable dish for my husband and me. I put a twist on mine with lemon so that the freshness would cut through the strength of the garlic.

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We have this very often now! And am so happy that Francesco had this dish as now we get to enjoy it! I hope you do too..

What’s cooking in your kitchen today? I have some stuffed peppers to prepare for lunch! Have a fun filled Wednesday! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

1 green chilli sliced finely
6 cloves garlic crushed
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
Salt to taste
Lemon to taste
Fresh Spaghetti pre cooked

METHOD

• Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium saucepan with the garlic on a low heat

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• Add the chilli and oregano. Let the flavours intermingle. Cook on a gentle heat for 5-8 minutes, being careful not to burn the garlic

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• Pour in the rest of the oil

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• Take off the heat and stir in some salt and fresh lemon juice

• Take the pre cooked spaghetti and place into the saucepan. Gently combine and toss the pasta until it is covered in the garlic oil dressing

• Serve with a sprinkling of parmasen cheese and devour!

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46 thoughts on “Chilli Garlic & Lemon Spaghetti

  1. May I? I think the real name is spaghetti “aglio olio” (which sounds like aioli) and the lemon flavour is one of the different declination of the basic recipe (garlic oil and chilli). I love your spaghetti, so fresh and Springy! You can also add some chopped capers and in my opinion tagliolini pasta goes well with this kind of recipe as well! I feel like spaghetti now… LOL!

  2. Our younger daughters fav. Italian dish – when she comes home from College it always has to be l) fried Karimeen, 2) Spaghetti Aglio e olio. Will try those tonight with your idea of a few drops of fresh lemon juice., Ciao Carina

  3. Dimple, try tossing a few anchovy fillets as you’re cooking the garlic. Sooo good, I promise! It’ll go well with the lemon in your sauce. Now I’m so hungry. Sigh. 😉

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